First You Laugh, Then You Cry
"There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth." Victor Borge
Saturday Night Live has received widespread acclaim for their recent skit called "China Cold Open, China would like their money back." (Google that it if you have not seen it.) NBC's website features page after page of praise for the great skit. One calls it an “instant classic.” Another proclaims that with this skit, SNL has been “reborn.” Surely, they hit the ball out of the park with this one. It has been talked about around water coolers, posted on Facebook, and passed around via e-mail.
It is truly laugh-out-loud funny. However, after you laugh, you cry. Like the Victor Borge quote, it is truth. SNL knows to base humor on truth. The rest of us need to acknowledge China's prominence as truth.
Unfortunately, as the skit highlights,
In the current economy, China holds all the cards.
Some important news items relating to China have been buried by all the noise about healthcare.
One is in regard to rare earth minerals— things most people are totally
unaware of, but things that are essential to modern life. Rare earths include
names that most of us cannot pronounce like neodymium, dysprosium, and terbium.
(Perhaps that is why no one talks about them.) But these unfamiliar words
represent essential components of things as everyday as computers, cell phones,
and televisions, as well as less obvious necessities like magnets, CDs, and
infrared equipment. The China connection is that China controls 97% of the
world’s rare earth market and is working to take over more—a move that was
struck down by Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board as they realized the
geopolitical danger of China's control. Add to that the fact that
Next, China is rapidly moving past us when it comes to energy. We hear a lot
about how many new coal-fueled power plants
China is loaning us money that we have virtually no hope of paying back. China will also be holding all the cards when it comes to energy. The Chinese will have all they need, and we won't have enough. They will be laughing, and Americans will be crying. First you laugh, and then you cry.___________
Marita Noon is the executive director of the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE), a nonprofit organization that operates from the platform of “Energy Makes America Great” and supports all domestic energy development. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.responsiblenergy.org.Statement of Policy.
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